Trainspotter 0 Posted February 15, 2008 Share #1 Posted February 15, 2008 MTA starting platform inspections By Marlene Naanes amNewYork Staff Writer February 14, 2008 [float=right] Willie Davis The MTA subway platform for the Avenue M station stop on the Q train suffers from deferred maintenance. Edges of the platform have been extended with wood boarding to lessen the gap between the train; however much of it is worn and rotting.[/float]New York City Transit will begin inspecting platform edges in all 468 subway stations Thursday, four days after learning a 14-year-old boy in Brooklyn fell onto the tracks when a wooden board gave away, officials announced Wednesday. Teams of transit employees will immediately replace broken or missing wood and fiberglass rubbing boards, which are designed to prevent trains from hitting cement platforms. Transit officials, who did not say how long the system-wide inspection will last, will hand over findings to the MTA Inspector General's Office. "Clearly it is an issue NYC Transit takes very seriously, as we do with any other safety-sensitive condition," officials said in a statement. "Conversely, customers are reminded that standing or walking along the platform edge – whether in perfect condition or not – is behavior we consistently warn against." Transit President Howard Roberts launched the inspection after he saw a piece of a wooden rubbing board that broke underneath Brooklyn teen Avi Katz, sending him scrambling out of the path of an oncoming Q train at the Kings Highway station. An amNewYork cover story on Tuesday also found worn or rickety rubbing boards at nine other stations in Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx. Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D- Borough Park), who brought the teen's story to light, launched his own investigation into platform conditions in his district. His office found rotting wood that cannot bear a person's weight and tripping hazards at the seven stations. "Things don't happen this fast when it comes to the MTA in my 26 years of experience," Hikind said. "They schlep. They drag. They think. This is a very positive sign. " It is unclear how many worn or wooden rubbing boards exist in the transit system. Transit employees inspect stations every other day and replace broken boards then or when a station is rehabbed and when platforms are made handicapped-accessible, a spokesman said. Transit could change their inspections so crews focus on the condition of rubbing boards one day and another part of a station another time, rider advocates said. " You might not be able to give them that level of detailed inspection every two days, but you may be able to once every week," said William Henderson, executive director of the Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee to the MTA. Photo Gallery: - February 15, 2008 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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